The Royals won the first game in Friday's doubleheader against NC Wesleyan, drawing a split against the Battling Bishops. EMU went 1-2 in a three-game series with NCWC and will return to action on Wednesday, traveling to Buena Vista, Va. to take on Southern Virginia for a single game at 3:00pm.
EMU 4, NC Wesleyan 1 – 7 Innings
After starting Thursday's season opener as the catcher, right-hander John Judy (Shanks, W.V./Hampshire) took the mound for his first career start and was credited with the win. J.D. Makauskas started for NCWC. In 4.2 innings, Judy gave up just four walks and allowed only one hit.
The Diamond Royals took an early lead on the Battling Bishops, starting with a two-run double from Jaylon Lee (Newport News, Va./Denbigh) in the top of the first. On the next at bat, Brett Lindsay (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) pulled an RBI single down the right field line sending a runner home to give EMU a quick 3-0 lead.
After three scoreless innings, Zach Roberts (Stuarts Draft, Va./Riverheads) added a one run single to send Billy Quinn (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) across the plate. The scoring would be capped in the fifth for the Royals en route to the 4-1 victory.
Ryan Brewer (Martinsville, Va./Franklin County) relieved Judy in the bottom of the fifth and pitched a scoreless frame before NCWC would score an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh.
NC Wesleyan 4, EMU 0 - 7 Innings
Things looked a bit different for the Royals in the final game of the series. The Battling Bishops were first to score in the nightcap after hitting a double, getting a free base and using a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners to second and third base. From there, Nate Gardner grounded to short knocking in a run. Bailey Hall (Daleville, Va./James River) struck out the next batter to end the second.
After a scoreless frame, the Bishops came out big in the fourth and earned three runs with two outs. Jonathan Nagel (Chesapeake, Va./Portsmouth Christian) relieved Hall in an effort to end the second but gave up three walks and a run. Tristan Childress (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) was the final switch of the night for the Royals but sent a runner home after a bases loaded walk.
Hall was credited with the loss and gave up three runs in 3.2 innings, falling to 0-1.